Prompt for December 26: Typical day. Describe a typical day in your life. What do you think would surprise most people about your ordinary day? How do you cherish and appreciate the everyday?
Everyday life can be boring.
Workout. Breakfast and coffee. Conjole Kate into clothes. Walk the dog. Errands and chores. Driving around. Writing. Blogging. Tweeting. Facebooking. Instagramming. Pinning. Making lunch and snacks. Cleaning up. Laundry, laundry, and more laundry. Emails. Phone calls. Take the dog out. Feed the dog. Think about what to make for dinner. Make dinner. Clean up. Bath and stories. Kate to bed. Collapse.
I love a good routine. But sometimes that routine gets me down. It can feel all same-old, same-old.
So one of the things I loved doing this year was making my weekly Project Life pages. Each week, knowing that I was going to put together two pages at the end of the week, I encouraged myself to snap pictures of all those every day things we do. The samples we ate at our weekly Harris Teeter shopping trips, our daily walking route, the piles of laundry, a new recipe we tried, Kate finally learning how to push the pedals on her tricyle.
When I flip through the pictures at the end of the week, I always think about how full my life is. Sure, we do mundane daily task stuff. Who really cares about all the pictures I took of my growing tomato plants? Maybe no one else but me.
But these pictures and weekly layouts showed me all that seemingly boring daily stuff is the stuff life’s made of. Some of life stuff is boring – all that laundry and meal making – but that’s just part of the story. It’s up to me to fill all those in between times with memories, even small memories that add up to make everyday life so special.